# Water Consumption

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## Basics on the topicWater Consumption

Get an introduction to water consumption! The water we use every day is considered 'direct' water consumption, whether someone is brushing their teeth with it, drinking it, or cooking with it. The average person in the US consumes about thirty-three gallons of water each day. But, it's not just water from the sink that counts as water consumption. Water can be used indirectly as well.

## Water Consumption exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learned? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video Water Consumption.
• ### What does the term 'direct' water consumption refer to?

Hints

Direct water consumption includes everyday activities like drinking water, cooking, and personal hygiene.

It refers to the water you use directly in your home or workplace, typically sourced from taps or faucets.

Solution

Direct water consumption refers to the water consumed directly from the faucet.

Direct water consumption includes everyday activities like drinking water, cooking, and personal hygiene.

• ### How much water does the average person in the US consume each day?

Hints

This is the average amount of water consumed daily by an individual in the United States.

Consider all the ways we use water in our daily lives.

It's not just about drinking; think about activities like cooking, brushing teeth, and showering.

What unit do we measure milk in?

Solution

The average person in the US consumes about 33 gallons of water each day.

• ### Where is the majority of the water you use actually utilized?

Hints

Focus on the idea that your water consumption extends beyond your immediate location.

A pair of jeans takes two thousand, one hundred and thirteen gallons to produce the cotton they are made from.

It takes two hundred, sixty-four gallons of water to grow two to three avocados, which is about the same amount of water an average person uses during a ten-minute shower.

Solution

Most of the water you use is not consumed where you live, but in the production of goods like jeans.

We call this virtual water.

• ### Decide whether each example represents direct water consumption or virtual water consumption.

Hints

Direct water consumption includes water used for drinking, cooking, bathing, and washing, while virtual water consumption refers to the hidden water used in the production of goods and services, such as agriculture, manufacturing, and energy generation.

Think about the immediate impact of water usage versus the hidden water costs associated with manufacturing processes.

Solution

Direct water consumption:

• drinking water from a water fountain
• water used in a backyard garden
• taking a shower for 10 minutes
Virtual water consumption:

• water used in the production of a phone
• water used to irrigate a cotton field
• water used in the manufacturing of paper
• ### What do we call the water we use every day?

Hints

Think about activities you do every day involving water, like drinking or brushing your teeth.

The term refers to water used in everyday activities, rather than water usage hidden in production processes or virtual sources.

Solution

The water we use every day for activities like drinking, cooking, and brushing our teeth is called direct consumption water.

• ### How does the concept of virtual water consumption extend beyond individual actions to impact global resource allocation, and what measures can individuals take to mitigate its effects on the environment?

Hints

Consider the global implications of virtual water consumption, particularly in relation to trade.

Reflect on the role individuals can play in reducing their virtual water footprint through specific actions, such as supporting sustainable practices and choosing locally-produced goods.

Solution

Virtual water consumption influences global trade patterns, and individuals can reduce their virtual water footprint by supporting sustainable practices and consuming locally-produced goods.